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Czech IT potential up and coming among OECD countries

Czech IT potential up and coming among OECD countries

Jun 11, 2014
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In a presentation at the American Embassy in Prague on 5 June 2014, Lucie Kelblova presented data from the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) as part of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an organisation which serves to promote economic development and cooperation between member countries. Read More »

Google and Yandex integrate ad platforms

Google and Yandex integrate ad platforms

May 2, 2014
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In a partnership announced in February, Google and Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia, will cooperate to allow their respective advertising platforms to access each other’s inventory.

 

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Move over, Berlin: Poland is the new playground for tech startups

Move over, Berlin: Poland is the new playground for tech startups

Apr 24, 2014
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You’re an entrepreneur, and you want to found a startup. You have an idea that’s sophisticated, adventurous, and could even develop a brand new business model for the tech world. If you could found your startup anywhere in the world, where would it be? San Francisco, Tel Aviv, New York, Berlin?

How about Poland?

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So long, Mr. Durov, and thanks for all the fish

So long, Mr. Durov, and thanks for all the fish

Apr 22, 2014
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This post is part of RuNet Echo, a Global Voices project to interpret the Russian language internet.

After more than a year of rumors, the stockholders of Russia’s largest online social network, Vkontakte, have finally fired founder and CEO Pavel Durov. Read More »

Russia warns of legal hassles for Bitcoin users

Russia warns of legal hassles for Bitcoin users

Mar 7, 2014
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Russian users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies could be prosecuted for money laundering and financial terrorism, the Russian central bank said 27 January, Bloomberg reports. Read More »

Czechs spice up a game of geocaching with the flavor of space

Czechs spice up a game of geocaching with the flavor of space

Dec 3, 2013
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Thousands of players participated in a quest to locate ‘seeds from space’ after they were released from a balloon 30 kilometers above the ground on 16 November, Technet.cz reports.

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Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Aug 19, 2013
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Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.

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Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Aug 2, 2013
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An independent think tank in Moldova is trying to start debate about public money, and they are hoping to spark it with some very pretty pictures. Read More »

Russians, Ukrainian charged in ‘cutting edge’ global hacking scheme

Russians, Ukrainian charged in ‘cutting edge’ global hacking scheme

Jul 30, 2013
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Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged in what U.S. officials call the largest hacking attack in the country’s history, RIA Novosti reports.

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Sudden death of Yandex co-founder shakes RuNet

Sudden death of Yandex co-founder shakes RuNet

Jul 29, 2013
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Ilya Segalovich, co-founder and chief technological officer of the Russian search engine Yandex, passed away 27 July, in a London hospital due to cancer-related causes. Read More »

Gazprom chief to get $4 million iPad

Gazprom chief to get $4 million iPad

Jul 29, 2013
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Russia Beyond the Headlines details  a tender for a new iPad custom-made for Gazprom chairman Alexei Miller. Read More »

Russian space program caught up in corruption case

Russian space program caught up in corruption case

Jun 28, 2013
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The Baikonur space center, a Russian-leased launch site located in Kazakhstan, was the scene of a corruption case that resulted in the embezzlement of more than 15 million rubles ($456,000), RIA Novosti reports.

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Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Jun 25, 2013
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Amazon is on the verge of setting up an operation in Poland, Polish Radio reports, citing theRzeczpospolita daily and an unnamed source. But contrary to earlier reports, its new offices in Warsaw will concentrate on IT services rather than offering a full Polish version of its global online retail outlet.

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Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Jun 24, 2013
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Jan Figel, a leading Slovak politician, should be a conservative and outwardly acts that way. He is chairman of the Christian Democratic Party and deputy chairman of the Slovak parliament. But perhaps because he was a European commissioner and picked up something in Europe, he let himself become, on 16 June, the first Central European politician to publicly try out Google Glass, a revolutionary toy in the history of the Internet and mobile technologies. Read More »

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